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Journalistic Fraud Damages ‘Mainstream’ Credibility

It’s not that long ago that fabricating the news was absolutely unheard of.  When Walter Cronkite appeared on our TV screens, people listened.  When a major US publication put something in print, it was like being carved in stone.  More and more these days, that’s just not the case.  It’s getting harder to believe what you see.  Even photographs, once considered to be proof of an incident occuring, can now be manipulated on any home computer.

The New Republic magazine, for the second time now, has come under scrutiny in this regard.  The publication has been featuring a column called The Baghdad Diarist, reportedly written by an Army private in Iraq.  When supposed facts contained in the column began to be questioned, the Army launched an investigation.  It seems now the author of the articles has signed a sworn statement that quite a bit of what he wrote was made up.  Back in 1998, this same magazine fired a writer for using imaginary sources and non-existent events in many of his stories.

That same year the Boston Globe lost two of their columnists when their integrity came into question.  In 2003 The New York Times fired a high profile reporter for wrting articles that just weren’t true.  Also in 2003, The LA Times fired a staff photographer for manipulating photographs posted from Iraq.  In 2004, CBS News dumped their long time evening anchor for basing reports on documents that were forged.  That same year, the Boston Globe published photos of US soldiers allegedly raping Iraqi women.  The photos were actually downloaded from a pornographic website, and showed neither US troops or Iraqis.  In 2006, Reuters published pictures of the Israeli/Hezbollah conflict that were such obvious fakes it made insiders wonder how they ever got published at all.

The list goes on and on, stories are slanted and pictures are altered, to fit both the liberal and the conservative point of view.  The American public deserves better than that.  Politics, it’s well known, is a very dirty business.  Reporting the news should never succumb to a political slant.  If an editorial statement is made, it should be labled as such.  Editorials are opinions, but not necessarily a statement of fact.  The image below is neither editorial nor fact, but you figured that out for yourself, didn’t ya…

News Source: CNS News

Cartoon from Sid in the City

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